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COMMENT: NSAC Applauds Recording-Breaking CCRP Enrollment

October 28, 2016


Contact: Reana Kovalcik, 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net
Greg Fogel, 202-547-5754, gfogel@sustainableagriculture.net

CCRP enrolls record-breaking number of sensitive lands in FY 2016

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) applauds the robust outreach efforts of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), thanks to which the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program’s (CCRP) fiscal year (FY) 2016 enrollment is the highest on record. Included among the farmers and ranchers enrolled this year are those who could have otherwise chosen to return their expiring CRP acres back to production, making the water quality implications of this record-breaking 1.3 million-acre CCRP sign up especially significant. Conservation gains will be made on enrolled lands through conservation buffer practices, which keep nutrients and soil on the land and out of adjacent waterways. This year’s strong enrollment numbers are also a major victory for wildlife habitat conservation. Many of the FY 2016 CCRP acres are likely to be enrolled in wildlife-related practices, which will target support to the most at-risk habitats. We applaud FSA for so successfully advancing the continuous CRP sign up in FY 2016 and for protecting millions of acres of sensitive lands nationwide.


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The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is a grassroots alliance that advocates for federal policy reform supporting the long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Learn more: https://sustainableagriculture.net

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